Biography

Composer Sid Richardson (b. 1987) writes concert music that imbues modern idioms with emotional grit and cerebral wit. He has collaborated on compositions with artists such as Conrad Tao, yMusic, the Da Capo Chamber Players, Deviant Septet, and Ensemble Amarcord. Sid’s arrangement of J.S. Bach’s Double Violin Concerto in D Minor BWV 1043, adapted for two soprano saxophones and full orchestra, was performed by Susan Fancher, Branford Marsalis, and the Durham Medical Orchestra led by Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant in December of 2016. Also in late 2016, he was in residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, where he worked on his newest piece Red Wind that sets selections from the poetry of Nathaniel Mackey. In 2015, Sid was commissioned by the Kenosha Community Foundation in association with the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra and the fresh inc Summer Festival for a new woodwind quintet that was premiered at the Kenosha Public Museum in Wisconsin. Other commissions include Webbed, a violin solo for Charlotte Munn-Wood commissioned by the Lee Honors College at Western Michigan University, and Rough/Smooth, for mixed chorus and organ, commissioned by Emmanuel Church Boston. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Sid is a PhD candidate in composition in the Department of Music at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He holds degrees from Duke University, Boston Conservatory, and Tufts University. His primary composition teachers have been Marti Epstein, Stephen Jaffe, Scott Lindroth, John McDonald, Elliott Schwartz, John Supko, and Jan Swafford. The American Academy of Arts and Letters recently awarded Sid a Charles Ives Scholarship. He received the Roger Sessions Memorial Composition Award upon graduating from the Boston Conservatory, and the Outstanding Achievement Award from Tufts University’s Department of Music at the 2010 commencement ceremony. Sid is one of the organizers of the Experimental Music Study Group in North Carolina’s Research Triangle, an organization focusing on community discussions, scholarship, and performances of new music.